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CLOUD'S REST

CLOUD'S REST

September 24, 2016

Big day hike today, about 12 miles round trip to the top of Cloud's Rest and back. Unfortunately, Wallace misplaced his water bottle at the top of the ridge on the way from Cathedral Lake to Sunrise Lake, so we were down to four water bottles. Stupid us, we also decided not to bring a water pump and instead tried to ration the four bottles amongst the five of us.

CATHEDRAL LAKES

CATHEDRAL LAKES

September  20, 2016

Jonathan and I returned from a close friend's wedding in Boston two days earlier and spent time with family all day Monday. Early Tuesday morning we left LA and headed north, past Mammoth Lakes to the east entrance to Yosemite National Park. Jonathan finally got his wish -- taking me backpacking in Yosemite. I remember early on in our relationship, he talked about how he had gone backpacking and I asked, "Is that where you were a life preserver on your back?!". Wow - so innocent and so naive! I think I meant a backpack but called it a life preserver instead. 

OAHU, HAWAII: A WEEK IN PARADISE

OAHU, HAWAII: A WEEK IN PARADISE

This past week, we headed to Oahu to celebrate my best friend Mica's 30th birthday. We packed a lot of stuff in for a week -- everything from beach time, snorkeling, cliff jumping, a few secret hikes (thanks to my friend Michelle), a sunrise, a sunset cruise, a waterfall, and ate tons of good food...all with great friends and family.

BEND, OR FOR FLEMMETTA FEST

BEND, OR FOR FLEMMETTA FEST

Our good friends, Matt and Kate, finally got married this past weekend. These two were the initial inspiration for our extended time off to travel. After traveling for 9 months, they settled in a little town in Oregon called Bend. Most people haven't heard of Bend, but after visiting them three times over this past winter, I think we're hooked. We were told getting a house on the Deschutes River was a must, so we squeezed three couples into a little place right on the river. It was worth it. So we floated the river as a massive group, BBQ'd and brought back A/C sliders, jumped into Crater Lake, watched two amazing people get married and danced the night away. 

ALASKA … THE LAST FRONTIER

ALASKA … THE LAST FRONTIER

I decided to end the season with a bang the last time we were in Whistler. What’s bigger than heli-skiing? Heli-skiing in Alaska I guess? So I did some brief research and hit up my brother to see if he could get the time off and went ahead and booked it. Neither of us knew quite what to expect, with the only glimpses of Alaska being in ski movies we’d seen. Needless to say, the trip was well worth it and the skiing was some of the best we’d had all season, a perfect way to end the longest season I’ve ever skied.

FOUR RESORTS: MT. BACHELOR TO MAMMOTH

FOUR RESORTS: MT. BACHELOR TO MAMMOTH

It's officially beginning to be Spring. As we headed down south toward a weekend in the desert for Coachella, the snow conditions are beginning to fade.

We stopped for a few days in Bend, Oregon, again to hang with our friends, Matt and Kate. Mt. Bachelor has enough snow to likely last thru Memorial Day weekend. How sick is that? Matt was even telling us that they've opened the resort on July 4th for a day of skiing if the mountain allowed. So crazy!

SNOWBIRD/ALTA

SNOWBIRD/ALTA

After driving straight home from Whistler, we took a few day break in SF, but pretty quickly headed back out with the aim to ski Tahoe for a week before heading to LA for a close friend’s wedding. After a day in Tahoe with pretty horrible conditions and a snow storm forecasted for UT, we decided to pack up and drive to UT for the week instead. It was definitely worth it. The snow at Snowbird/Alta was dramatically better than Tahoe. - Jonathan

SHASTA/CRATER LAKE/BEND/MT. BACHELOR

SHASTA/CRATER LAKE/BEND/MT. BACHELOR

To start our US/Canada winter trip we decided to head north first. First stop, Bend to ski Mount Bachelor again. On our way, we passed Mount Shasta and stopped in on Crater Lake. Both extremely beautiful in the winter time, definite must sees! During our time in Bend we got to see Matt and Kate again and an old friend of Allie’s from LMU, Justin. We were also treated with some incredible sunsets while visiting. Unfortunately, no new snow, but this time we were actually able to ski the summit and could actually see the amazing view.

Until next time, next up we are meeting up with some good friends in Whistler for the weekend.

ALCATRAZ ISLAND

ALCATRAZ ISLAND

Not too long ago, Jonathan and I stumbled on a documentary called Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry – the documentary features a Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, “who uses social media and his art to inspire protests against the state, and suffers government persecution for his actions”. If you haven’t seen it, you should definitely watch it.

BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS

BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS

We had a 18 hour drive ahead of us from Vail back to the Bay Area. Halfway we stopped at Bonneville Salt Flats. It looked completely different than when we passed thru during the summer. The flats had filled with water from recent storms and the reflection was incredible. Definitely worth the stop.

- Jonathan

VAIL

VAIL

Jonathan’s college friend, Carolyn, and her boyfriend, Nate, invited us out to ski with them and their friends in Vail for Martin Luther King weekend. We spent two days at Vail and checked out Beaver Creek for a day – definitely a fun couple of days. We rented a pretty awesome house and got in some good skiing and had good times with new friends!

- Allie

TELLURIDE + ASPEN/SNOWMASS, COLORADO

TELLURIDE + ASPEN/SNOWMASS, COLORADO

On our way to Vail, we made a few more stops at a couple new resorts - Telluride and Aspen. Telluride was a really cute small ski town with one main road with shops and restaurants, surrounded by beautiful, snowy peaks. We found ourselves at the same Mexican restaurant called Esperanza’s two nights in a row – they honestly had some of the best carne asada we’ve tasted. 

Aspen was our next stop and we stayed at a little apartment tucked away in the Snowmass area. We were really impressed with the yummy food we had both nights – recommended by a friend of a friend. Hops Culture and The White House Tavern are definite must-do’s!

- Allie

THE WAVE: PART 2

THE WAVE: PART 2

just look at the pictures...

THE WAVE: PART 1

THE WAVE: PART 1

Yes … Part 1 because there are just too many pictures to decide which are the best. The elusive Wave hike … a 6 mile roundtrip hike that starts in Utah and ends in Arizona. But it’s really not just about the Wave itself, the other sandstone features on the way to the Wave and surrounding the Wave are just as amazing. The Wave is located in Grand Staircase National Monument and managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

BRIAN HEAD AND BRYCE CANYON

BRIAN HEAD AND BRYCE CANYON

With a gap of 10 days between dropping Jason/Paula/Oliver off at the airport in Salt Lake City and meeting friends in Vail, we needed to fill the gap with a few other destinations. First was Powder Mountain, then with Utah still on the mind, the Wave started my mind going. Well, southern Utah isn’t exactly right next to northern Utah so I figured … why not stop by Brian Head and ski a day as a stopover, so we did.

POWDER MOUNTAIN

POWDER MOUNTAIN

We heard from our friend Blake that a group of young entrepreneurs had purchased a ski resort in Northern Utah a few years back with a dream to create their “perfect” town to foster new ideas and the sharing of knowledge. Since we were in the area, we decided to check it out. About an hour and a half north of Salt Lake City, just outside the small town of Eden, UT, is Powder Mountain.

SNOWBIRD

SNOWBIRD

On our third day, we headed out to the Snowbird Resort, which is about a 45 minute drive outside of Park City. It’s more of a local mountain, so we were looking forward to less crowds and different terrain – and it’s EXACTLY what we got. I fell in love with the mountain within the first two runs that we did….beautiful scenery, wide runs, varying pitches….and very few people. It’s like we had the whole mountain to ourselves. And to top it off, it was a gorgeous day so I feel like everyone’s spirits were up.

PARK CITY

PARK CITY

We spent the first day of the new year skiing at the Park City Resort, which we were able to walk to from our condo in town. Bright and sunny day in search of some good groomers and maybe even some powder? Yup, we were able to do a short hike off the Jupiter chair to hit some snow that was still barely touched. Jason rocked the beardhead to keep warm as the frigid temperatures stuck with us. We thoroughly enjoyed Park City, both the skiing and the town. We will be back for sure.

- Jonathan